Welcome to my (sports) world!

Football is here, and so am I. Welcome to my sports blog!

Welcome to Balls, Out!

Welcome to Balls, Out!

When I graduated and left Texas State in May, I also left my favorite part of my college career, which was being the sports editor of The University Star. Since then, I’ve spent the summer on the job hunt and removed from sports writing, my favorite thing in the world.

With the suggestion of a good friend, and in attempt not to get too rusty, I decided to start a sports blog from my perspective as a female sports fanatic, hence its title “Balls, Out.” I plan to use this as a platform for commentary on some of the latest sports news and a place to provide links to work from some of my favorite sports writers in the business.

So let’s get right to it: FOOTBALL IS HERE! Granted, it’s preseason, but it’s football nonetheless. I was beginning to think for a long time that there would be no professional football season, therefore putting me into a permanent state of anger and depression (and no, I’m not being dramatic).

The Texans — in general — looked good in their game against the Jets last week. While watching the first half, I — initially  — felt like I was watching a different team. Let’s hope it translates to the regular season.

Super Mario looked fine in his first game at linebacker. The D under Wade Phillips looked surprisingly better than in past preseason games (Seven sacks overall, and four in the first half? I’ll take it!). J.J. Watt pleasantly surprised me in the first preseason game, and I hope to see more from him this season. Above all, I’d like to see Owen Daniels come back strong after an injury. I’d also like to see what Jonathan Joseph can accomplish, especially given that the corners Houston’s has been one of the most notable positions with which the team has struggled to find the right guy.

I saw progress, which means next to nothing in the preseason, but progress could translate to playoff success this year. I have faith.

Tonight against the Saints, I’d like to see what I saw last week: Numerous QB sacks and good defensive plays. I’d also like to see more from Mario and Chris Ogbonnaya. Above all, I’d just like to see these guys not give up the game like they’re known to do in the second half, preseason or not. A playoff appearance is long overdue, and it’s about time the drought ended.


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About LisaKCarter

I'm a graduate student at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. I'm also a Texas State alumna and former reporter in Las Vegas. During my time at Texas State, I served at the University Star's sports editor all four years. I've covered football, volleyball, cross country, basketball and golf. One of my biggest accomplishments was breaking the story on Texas State's move to the Football Bowl Subdivision and its invitation to the Western Athletic Conference -- arguably the biggest news in Texas State Athletics history and a story I followed since my first semester on staff. I also worked for publications outside of the Star, covering high school sports for various local papers. Additionally, I was an intern on the metro desk at the San Antonio Express-News in Summer 2010 where I had several stories run on the Metro cover and front page. I interned on the business desk at the Austin American-Statesman and at NearSay, a website that focuses on hyperlocal news in New York City. After graduation, I was one of 22 students selected to attend the Poynter Fellowship for College Journalists, and it was the best experience of my life. When I'm not writing, you'll most likely find me reading, watching sports or working out. Follow me as I embark on my professional career in journalism.

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